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Meadow Vole

Microtus pennsylvanicus
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Habitat: Open grasslands, crop land, tundra, taiga, deciduous forests and around water.

Description: Brown to blackish body with a grey belly, short round ears and a short tail.

Size: 13-19 cm; 17-64g

Diet: The green part of flowering plants grasses, roots, seeds, bark and insects.

Fun Facts: The Meadow Vole is very important in the food web, it is a source of food for raptors, snakes, coyotes, and even some fish! They will also eat their own weight in plants every 24 hours!

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Saskatoon
Amelanchier alnifolia
Shrub or small tree, forms dense thickets.  Branches are smooth, dark grey to reddish brown.  Leaves thin, oval shape with sharp teeth on the top half.  Has white, showy flowers.  Berry-like pomes (like miniature apples), purple to nearly black in color.  Juicy and sweet!
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